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Richly diverse, it indulges the imagination and delights the senses with its sheer beauty and elegance. Centuries of history are gloriously preserved, both inside and out, to the delight of the city's many visitors. Long avenues, beautiful buildings and parks sit in wondrous symmetry, an unforgettable sight from the top of some of the world's best-loved landmarks.
Meandering through the capital, the magnificent River Seine separates the left and right banks of the city, where each arrondissement or district has its own disposition and spirit. The Latin Quarter, one of the oldest parts of the city on the left bank, retains its strong educational and literary past alongside the lively bistros, cafés and shops in Saint-Germain des-Prés. On the Right Bank, Le Marais, traditionally a bourgeois area, is steeped in history and intrigue, but in contrast, is also home to the modern Pompidou centre. To the North, Montmartre thrives on its association with artists such as Monet, Picasso and Salvador Dali, all of whom lived and worked in the area, establishing it as the artistic Centre of Paris. To the West, the Champs-Elysées district is also known as the 'Grand Dame' of Paris with its wide avenues, exclusive boutiques and one of the city's best known monuments, the iconic Arc de Triomphe.
The galleries and museums of Paris are home to some of the world's greatest art collections, ranging from Renaissance masterpieces in the grand and expansive Louvre Museum, to more modern accomplishments in the Musée d'Orsay or emotive sculptures in the Musée Rodin. The Crillon Hotel and Hotel du Louvre are ideally situated hotels in Paris from which to explore the museum area. The instantly recognisable, classical mounuments like the Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe and Sacré-Coeur are now supplemented by contemporary structures like the Grande Arche de La Défense, the Louvre's Grande Pyramide, the Musée d'Orsay and the Pompidou Centre
The diversity of the city attracts lovers of food, wine, art, music and fashion. One could spend hours simply window shopping and browsing in Paris - the finest designer fashions entice shoppers to Avenue Montaigne and Rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré; the Rue du Bac and Les Puces de Saint-Ouen markets are bursting with idiosyncratic antiques; Paris' historic arcades offer luxury shopping and sightseeing. The Art Deco style that is so synonymous with Paris is still evident across the city and no more so than in the Hotel Lutetia and the Concorde Opéra Paris.
Business plays an important part in the capital's position as a leading European destination. The La Défense district west of Paris is a thriving business community, home to more than 1,500 French and international companies. With its convenient location just a few kilometers from La Défense, Hotel Montparnasse is an ideal Paris Hotel for business executives visiting the area. The city also plays host to many large international conferences and events. Hotel Concorde La Fayette, adjoining the Palais des Congres in Porte Maillot, is one of the best placed Paris hotels for delegates attending the fairs.
If time is not of the essence, take an excursion out of the city and discover a world outside of Paris. Just under an hour by train or car, one can enjoy the beautiful scenery and attractions of Chantilly, Fontainebleau, Chartres and the splendid palace of Louis XIV at Versailles.